ADHD Coaching: Thinking About Thinking

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If you are an ADHD coach and haven't yet connected with the ACO, the ADHD Coaches Organization, now is the time to get on it and get cracking – their ACO annual meeting in Atlanta this weekend was simply outstanding. If you are an aspiring or active ADHD coach, this meeting has your name on it. Gotta go, – get ready for next year! – Sign up over at this page on the ACO website for updates.

– And metacognition is a process that highlights what this meeting was all about.

What is Metacognition?

Metacognition at first sounds complicated – but it isn't. Metacognition is the new game changer in ADHD recovery and treatment. It doesn't matter if you're coaching, writing for meds and other medical interventions, or simply trying to learn more about how to work your own ADHD recovery program – metacognition is all about watching the self, about self observation. It's about watching what your own brain does with itself.

Metacognition is thinking about your own thinking process – instead of not thinking about it! 😉

Russell Barkley Agrees On Attention Talk Radio With Jeff Copper

Listen to this interview: -> take time to listen to these two guys discuss what metacognition and ADHD/EFD prefrontal cortical challenges are all about. In my opinion: Barkley is the world thought leader on this imperative Metacognitive topic as they discuss the details of precise brain function assessments and, ultimately, ADHD/EFD coaching:

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Think: Executive Function Disorder EFD

Quite surprisingly, in my opinion, those with ADHD often find themselves over-thinking and relentlessly self-watching, but don't know how to organize and stick with priorities that arise with self-awareness. Actually those who suffer with ADHD are often too self-aware, too self-critical and lost because the sorting, the Executive Function is disorganized. The most important and imperative metacognitive consideration: the deal breaker diagnosis for ADHD folks is not Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, because EFD isn't a Deficit, it's Attention Abundance Disorder. With EFD, if you're thinking, you're far more likely to find yourself over-thinking. 😯

The informed ADHD coach works to improve all of that prefrontal cortex confusion – to set priorities and first recognize the quality of the unbalanced thinking, and correctly identify the EFD process is an unbalanced metacognitive activity. As a side note: that's also why, last year, way before all of this current discussion, I titled my book,  New ADHD Medication Rules – Brain Science & Common Sense – a metacognitive medication delivery concept ignored by so many who are in metacognitive denial 😕 – Read: Not thinking….

The ADHD Rules Are Changing

At the ACO meeting most of the coaching luminaries were there who have significantly contributed to the evolution of ADHD coaching as a process, and we all, quite frankly, had a ball together. It's about being on the same path. The meetings and presentations: uniformly stimulating. The conversations and networking: outstanding. The organization of the meeting: refreshingly predictable [I've been to some meetings recently that suffered from little to no planning – the metacognition was hiding out somewhere in denial.] If you wish to become an ADHD coach multiple coach trainers attend the annual ACO as well.

I'll be there next year, and hope you set your sights on joining us there for another serious game changer. It looks like the ACO coaches are clearly carrying the torch for more scientific approaches.

Details matter.

Dr Charles Parker
Author: New ADHD Medication Rules – Brain Science & Common Sense
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  1. HEY cp – My “ACO Coming Soon” article autoposts tomorrow 4/16. I’ve linked here in the “former ACO relateds” but wonder if you have a more current something for the 2014 links.

    Let me know – I can back-link, even if yours is in draft or you don’t see this until mine has gone live.

    The “website” I’ve used in your form links to my ACO article – so it will return a 404 error UNTIL late 4/16.

    Once it posts, the link will allow you to jump right to it. See you in Phoenix!

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Madelyn,
      This post is on ACO Atlanta ’12, another here [] is on ACO Atlanta ’13. Coming soon in Phoenix, ACO ’14, I will address our mutual next steps for coaches regarding Medical Partnerships. From Metacognition and Teamwork, to more specific recommendation for real medical Partnerships. Thanks for the linking update. Looking forward to Phoenix!

  2. luminsmith says:

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can have long-term adverse effects into adolescence and adulthood. There remains to be, the controversial issues regarding the management and-or treatment of ADHD.

  3. luminsmith says:

    <a href=””> Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder </a> can have long-term adverse effects into adolescence and adulthood. There remains to be, the controversial issues regarding the management and-or treatment of ADHD.

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  7. Kirsten,
    Great meeting you, thanks for your kind note here – loved it! Have a great spring, drop in any time!

  8. Drvirginiahurley says:

     Hi again, Dr. Parker!! It was one of THE BEST conferences I’ve ever attended.  Certainly, I learned so much, I’m still slowly savoring and sharing it.  But the best part was the welcoming spirit of hospitality present in the attendees.  It was easy to feel folded in and valued.  It’s the nature of the work we do, to be sure.  What a wonderful time.  I value our opportunity to meet and get energized over great ideas for next steps.  Yes, indeed!

    • Virginia,
      Easy to remain pumped about new colleagues and new directions… great meeting you in person, you are so directly on that brain and body connection with the ADHD recovery process!

    • @Virginia Hurley – here to grab a link for my *2013* wrap-up and review article & saw your comment about 2012. I agree 100% that it was one of THE BEST conferences I’ve ever attended.

      I want to add that my interactions with YOU this yer puts the latter in serious competition for that “best” ranking!

      HOWEVER, the fact that cp and I did not manage to connect for more than a quick hello at the Speakers Reception knocks it down a few points ::grin::

      Looking forward to seeing you BOTH in Phoenix in 2014. Now that the ADD Coaching field is beyond its infancy, getting together to noodle “next steps” is more important than EVER.

      BOTH of you make sure to link to my 2013 wrap up & Reflections article when if/when you write your own, so that I can include links to your posts in my informal “blog tour” of wrap-up articles.

      Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
      – ADD Coaching Field co-founder –
      (ADDandSoMuchMore, ADDerWorld & ethosconsultancynz – dot com )
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

      • Madelyn,
        So true – both on the connection issue with you and Virginia – sorry we couldn’t chat more and look forward to a phone conversation. Virginia’s presentation was terrific – on the same theme so important to coaches, one that you already know well: collaboration with other professionals on the ADHD path. Fun seeing you however briefly – looking forward to chatting!

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  10. So glad that you had a great time at the conference Dr. Parker!  I have enjoyed the two that I have attended.  I was sad to miss the conference this year, but hope to make it next year. 

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